Hospitality FAQs:

Q: Was hospitality a right?

A: Yes, and with the host being expected to make sure the needs of his guests were met.

Q: Is hospitality a virtue which is a reminder of sympathy for strangers and a rule to welcome visitors?

A: Yes.

Q: Is hospitality based on the principle Atithi Devo Bhava, meaning "the guest is God"?

A: Yes, This principle is shown in a number of stories where a guest is revealed to be a god who rewards the provider of hospitality.

Q: Is hospitality an intertribal pact in which groups agree on self-defence in times of war and an exchange of goods and merchandise in peacetime?

A: Yes.

Q: Is hospitality rarely a matter of protection and survival and is more associated with etiquette and entertainment?

A: Yes.

Q: Is hospitality a political institution which can be ideologically deformed to oppress others?

A: Yes.

Q: Was hospitality historically manipulated to legitimate the conquest of Americas by imposing the right of free transit?

A: Yes, and which was conducive to the formation of the modern nation-state.